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Story of God, the Story of Us, The: Getting Lost and Found in the Bible Paperback – Jul 1 2010

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  • Paperback: 251 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (July 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830836322
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830836321
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Few resources will more creatively and engagingly draw readers into the heart of Scripture. This book's capacity to be compelling for a wide ranger of reader without sacrificing it's depth is a real gift. It is clearly a book that has been crafted with care and experience and many years. We have read it together as a community, utilized it in our discipleship course and would do so again on both counts.
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I am just going through this book for the third time. I've given and lent copies to several people. The book is well written and gives a wonderful window into the story and world of the Bible
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HASH(0x99e656d8) out of 5 stars Finding Ourselves in the Story. Oct. 12 2010
By Edensong - Published on
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Most of the bible studies I have experienced over the years have dealt with the bible verse by verse, sometimes even word by word, examining the text of the original language and its application. This approach can feel like examining a large canvas by using a microscope to view individual brush strokes. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the detail that we completely miss the whole picture. This can lead to us missing the point of the text.

This book helps us step back from the canvas and see the bigger picture, to see 'The Story of God' unfolding and find our place in that narrative.

Appropriately for a book about the Great Story, this book itself is in narrative form.

We begin sitting with the Captives in Babylon, hearing with them their oral history, how it led to their Captivity and the hope that it will not end there.

We then move forward in time to a gathering of believers where a newcomer enters and hears the continuation of the Story in the life of Jesus.

In the final movement our newcomer has become a believer and begins to relate the story of Revelation.

The book helped me see the through-narrative of the bible. It helped connect the many different 'stories' of scripture together and show their place in the great story. I found the first section in Babylon particularly helpful in this regard.

The bible is a big 'book of books', and 'The Story of God, the Story of Us' helped me see the full story and encouraged me to find my own unique place in it.

This is a book to be read, studied and lived.

My only criticism would be in the use of punctuation. The book frequently has characters quoting scripture in their speech. This leads to some interesting strings of double and single quotes at the end of some sentences. While it might be grammatically correct, I was distracted by some of the punctuation while reading. I found myself going back and analyzing certain passages to work out what quote went with what. This is a minor point however and was only an occasional distraction from getting 'lost and found' in the story.
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HASH(0xa4ced69c) out of 5 stars Outstanding Nov. 3 2010
By A. Morgan - Published on
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People, even long time Christians, can often find the Bible intimidating to tackle. It's remarkable how many first year seminarians have not actually read the Bible from cover to cover. Of course scripture is inexhaustible with regards to God's truth and it's ability to teach and feed us. But probably the chief reason why we should read the scriptures from cover to cover is to gain an `overview' of the biblical narrative - to understand THE grand narrative if you like.

Sean Gladding has produced a remarkable book. Extremely well written, innovative, creative and yet faithful to the theology and structure of scripture, The Story of God, The Story Of Us reads like a novel, and yet it provides the reader with one of the very best `overviews' of the story of God that I have ever read. The beauty of this book is that it is both at the same time entertaining and a potentially valuable teaching tool.

Regardless of whether you have a P'hD, or a degree in theology or no formal training in the Bible; whether you are a pastor or have been a Christian for a long time or you are just starting your journey of faith this book will be a refreshing, exciting, beneficial and enjoyable read.

Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9a0a29f0) out of 5 stars Must Read March 11 2011
By DM - Published on
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Very well written book. It's a very interesting look on the story of God from a narrative point of view. I found this book to be very refreshing. I really like the way it tied everything together so that the reader can see the "big picture". I'd recommend this book to readers of every level of the faith.
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HASH(0x99ed1930) out of 5 stars The Bible, it turns out, really is a Story April 7 2011
By M. Pope - Published on
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I was first introduced to the idea of the Bible as a story -- or, rather, The Story -- ten or twelve years ago, though, looking back on it now, the foundation for my appreciation of this way of reading and studying the Bible was probably laid years earlier by C. S. Lewis in an essay entitled "The World's Last Night" (e.g., "We do not know the play. We do not know even whether we are in Act I or Act V. We do not know who are the major and who the minor characters. The Author knows....") and in the Narnia Chronicles, particularly "The Last Battle" (e.g., "But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page....").

Sean Gladding tells the story of the Bible as a story -- or, rather, The Story of God at work in rescuing and renewing his creation, including men and women. The "Old Testament" section is imaginatively told by an old man to Jewish exiles in Babylon; the "New Testament" part of the Story is told by a first century woman in whose home an ekklesia (fellowship) meets, and by a man, some years later, who had first heard the Story in the woman's house as a guest. Gladding "comments" on different parts of the Story through his narrators, and he acknowledges, in a postscript, that the commentary is his (and his wife, Rebecca's) understanding of the metanarrative. I appreciated very much the fact that his characters, including the narrators of the Story, do not have all the anwers to every question that is asked; that supports his humble admission, in the postscript, that his understanding of the Story "continues to deepen each time Rebecca and I walk through the Story with others." (p. 237)

Highly recommended both for those who may think they've "heard it all before" -- as well as for those with little or no background in the Bible.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99e65cc0) out of 5 stars A Refreshing Look at the Story May 20 2011
By Trent Chudej - Published on
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It seems in Christianity today we find ourselves lost in examining the Bible as literature. Finding the literary elements and discussing them. Though this is not a bad thing, we miss a huge portion of what the Bible is trying to tell. We miss what our story is. Where we come from, where we are, and where we are going.

Within the "Story of God, Story of Us", we find what we are missing in our contemporary Christian faith. Sean does a great job in "telling the story". It is not a book that dissects every verse; its the story. Its where we have come from, where we are, and where we are going. If we do not know these three things, then how can we even truly study the Bible? The Bible is a "narrative" that should be read as a story, not a guide book.

Sean also does a great job in bringing out the parallels from the Old to New Testament. The best part of these parallels is that they are brought out through story, not literary devices. This is a prime example of knowing the story versus knowing bits and pieces of it. By knowing the story, the Bible makes sense.

I recommend this book to all. Whether you are not a Christian, just starting out in the faith and have questions, or if you have been a Christian for 70 years, read this book. It is a great way of explaining OUR story. Hopefully, you can find yourself asking the questions where do I come from, where am I now, and where am I going.